Teaching by Example on the Personal Side

Hi! I’m Tracy. Welcome to my site! This is my husband’s favorite picture of me. Although our story starts about the time of this picture, my story does not. I have a firm belief that there are many different beginnings in each of our lives -when we are born, married, conversion, birth of our children and even divorce.wallpaper pic

When I became a single mother of five children, I found myself wondering how I would support my children, household, and myself. I spent a lot of time becoming well acquainted with a catatonic state until I learned to laugh. What I realized was that I did not want to live on welfare. I did not want to be taken care of by someone else. I wanted to be independent. With the wonderful support of my parents, siblings and friends, I created a plan (and yes, I recognize the irony of depending on my family and friends after stating I wanted to be independent). I returned to school to work on my masters and PhD. To support my family, I worked odd jobs. I worked nights. I worked weekends. I worked when my children were spending time with their father. When they were home, I was home. I admit I was physically exhausted.

Returning to higher education was scary to me -just like starting this website – but I knew my passion for education. I’d devoted all my time and energies to teaching my children while serving and teaching in the schools. Never did I feel more energized than teaching. It came easily to me because I had a passion for it. I believed in it. I still believe in it. I believe in teaching and especially teaching by example.

I didn’t set out to be an example, but I am most grateful for the guidance of family, friends and God who gave me direction in a most difficult time of life. I am grateful to those who taught me by example. I have been blessed beyond compare with wonderful people who been lighthouse during the storm.

Who has been your greatest example? What did they teach you?


Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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